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When you are making a generalization what does it require?

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    Few details!!

    Generalization: If it weren't for all those old retired people, this town would be safer to drive in.

    Generalization: All teenagers want to do is party and live off their parents.

    What others can you think of?

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    Generalization: if it weren't for GPS we would not know where to go.

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    Yes, good.

    Also ... generalizing is one of the major fallacies you'll read and hear throughout our society, on the news, etc.

    http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/fallacies/
    The first fallacy that's explained here (scroll down a bit) is that of hasty generalizations.

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    ok thank you again! So the answer would be making a broad statement based on evidence?

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    ... based on not much!

    ... based on stereotyping?

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    here are the answers i have to choose from, a. making a broad statement based on evidence
    b. drawing a conclusion based only on your own experiences
    c. making a prediction about what will happen
    d. finding details in a story that support the ideas you already have

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    If you were to use the term "evidence," then the sentence I gave you would have numbers in them (percentages or something).

    Ex:
    After 50% of the drivers over age 65 in Everytown failed their driver test when renewing their licenses, I understood why it was so dangerous to drive in this town.

    (Or something like that.)

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    I'd say b.

    Generalizations are not usually based on good evidence!

    What if the retired people had a bad overall driving record in my town but not in anyone else's?

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    Ok i get it thank you you helped me alot

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    You're welcome.

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